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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: May 1, 2011 3:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An unprovoked personal best 25 shows list

Wow, great job with that post!

Thank you for sharing your effort. I love comparing everyones lists with my own and I know how difficult it is narrowing them down. Selecting a top 25 list is quite an achievement! I found narrowing it down to just 50 extremely challenging.

I certainly agree with you that the top 50 Grateful Dead shows were all performed prior to 1976 and the top 100 were all prior to 1978.

I was just slightly surprised by a couple shows on your list, and a few omissions. But that's what makes comparing lists so much fun...

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Poster: bkidwell Date: May 1, 2011 5:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An unprovoked personal best 25 shows list

Well, my list was put together mostly by me writing down my favorite shows by memory, I didn't go through each year methodically or compare to any other "greatest ever" lists while I was working on it. Now that I've posted it, let me search up Cliff Hucker's show ratings and see how my choices compare.

I'm happy we agree on the best show of 1967. I picked 1/23 aka 1/27 to represent Quick and the Dead because of the lengthy Spanish Jam that we now believe is from the same show. A lot of the other amazing 68 shows just got squeezed off the list because I love 3/3 so much and its historical nature can be felt from the tape. 12/29 just floors me with intensity. The 69 choices are admittedly shaped because I wanted a streamable show to act as a "stand-in" for the February Fillmore run and 2/27 setlist is so close to 4/22. We seem to agree completely on 70. I love 71, and maybe 4/28/71 should push something off my list, but I don't rank it quite as highly in relation, I miss Mickey a lot in the time before Keith joined. After that, the only thing I could argue with in your rankings is some details of 73 - preferring 11/10 to 11/17 but in particular the SHOCKING ABSENCE of 12/2/73. As to 74, I was specifically choosing my favorite AUDs because I think they are the best way to experience the wall.

Given the degree of overlap between our show evaluations in general, I'm really surprised 12/2/73 isn't a '100' show for you.

Thanks for the feedback, I'm sure you'll find plenty to argue with me about once I start posting more about later eras, because I certainly don't agree with the 81 cutoff, but that's a topic for a different thread.

This post was modified by bkidwell on 2011-05-02 00:26:08

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: May 1, 2011 6:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: An unprovoked personal best 25 shows list

I score 12/2/73 at 99 pts, but I certainly wouldn't argue with you if you have it at 100. It's been in my top ten for '73 before, perhaps it will make it on my list again in the future. I was very impressed with 11/10/73 when the Winterland Box came out. It probably edged out 11/17 based on sound quality. Just my preference, but my favorite performance from 1973 is 12/18.

3/3/68 is certainly a treasure, though I think 10/12/68 is just as significant and certainly more substantive. And 1/20/68 is just so sublime, it might by favorite music from any year.

It's easy discount the music from 1971 for lack of thematic jamming, but several shows from the vintage are really top notch in spite of that. And I don't know if there is a Dark Star jammed any better than 10/31/71.

I think there are a few more shows from the Europe '72 tour that are just as fine as 4/26 and 5/11. Some folks here might question your omission of 9/21/72, though it's not among my favorites from 1972.

While I certainly share your opinion of the Selland performance, because I don't share your appreciation for '74 audience recordings, my picks for '74 might look a bit different from yours.

Looking forward to your future contributions here!